Sleater-Kinney received favorable reviews from music critics. AllMusic reviewer Zach Curd stated that the album "is a medium-fi blast of thrashy riot grrrl rock. Some tracks are reminiscent of '90s Sonic Youth ('Be Yr Mama'), while others are just blasts of punk angst ('A Real Man'). The group suffers from excessively monotone melody lines, but succeeds with their overall confidence and an understanding of dynamics that is promising". In a more positive review, prominent music critic Robert Christgau commented, "while their same-sex one-on-ones aren't exactly odes to joy, they convey a depth of feeling that could pass for passion."